Weekly Events and Entertainment Oct. 26 - Nov. 2

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Pill take back: The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its seventh opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Walmart in Niceville, Destin and Fort Walton Beach. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. In the six previous events, DEA and its partners took in more than 1,400 tons of pills.

Area codes are 850 unless noted.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer: American Cancer Society volunteers will host their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) event for the entire Emerald Coast at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 at Village Baptist Church on Matthews Boulevard in Destin. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration is free and people can sign up as teams, or as individuals. Sign up online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/emeraldcoast, email harder.angie@gmail.com or jbrown464@cox.net.

Jake’s Women: America’s premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships as Northwest Florida State College presents its production of the Neil Simon comedy “Jake’s Women” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Sprint Theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. Tickets are $15/adults and $10 for youth 18 or younger. Tickets can be purchased at 850-729-6000 or online at http://mattiekellyartscenter.org.

Pastel Society: The Pastel Society of North Florida will host a free painting demonstration, “One Image-Two Results,” by Elaine Augustine, Pastel Society of America master pastelist, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Church of Christ’s Fellowship Hall, 232 Hollywood Blvd. SE. in Fort Walton Beach. For information, email pastel@centurytel.net.

Book signing: Part-time Destin resident and award-winning Christian author Gail Pallotta will sign copies of her books, “Stopped Cold” and “Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler,” from 12-4 p.m. Oct. 26 at San Gelato at Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

Choctaw Bay Music Club: Music honoring the Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863, and the Battle of Gettysburg will be featured at 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Brooks Beal Center, corner of Beal Parkway and Yacht Club Drive in Fort Walton Beach. The program features the delivery of the Gettysburg Address along with patriotic, popular, and fiddle tunes presented by Sand Dollar Strings, violin students of Esther Tiedemann. The event is free and open to the public. Call 543-5673.

Vettes at the Village: Area Corvette Clubs bring America’s Sports Car to the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Chevrolet Corvettes, old and new, will be shined to the max and wanting your vote.

Women’s clothes sale: The National Alliance of Mental Illness Emerald Coast will sponsor a sale of new and gently used women’s clothes from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Mental Health Association, 571 Mooney Road in Fort Walton Beach.  The clothing will be sold for $2, $5, and $10.  Proceeds will benefit the Family and Peer classes offered by NAMI that provide education about mental illness. Call 244-1040.

Festival of the Arts: The 2013 Festival of the Arts, with more than 100 artists, will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 in its new home on the Village Green at the Mattie Cultural Arts Village in Destin. Admission donation is $3/adults; free/members and children under 12.Live musical entertainment from the Dugas Pavilion will be a highlight of the 18th annual art festival. Other festival features include a bistro-style food court, Kid’s ArtStop and festival merchandise. The Collaborative Art Exhibit showcases community artists representing local students and adults.

Club LA: Black Lodge, an American Industrial Rock band based out of Hollywood, Calif., will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Club LA in Destin. Cover is $5.

Beyond Glory: The Mattie Kelly Arts Center will feature the national tour of a tribute to military heroes who have earned the Medal of Honor, “Beyond Glory,” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the mainstage theater of the performing arts complex at NWFSC in Niceville.  Tickets are $35 each with a $5 discount for groups of 10 or more and are on sale by phone or web from the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box Office.  Call 729-6000 or visit www.mattiekellyartscenter.org.

Public meeting: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold a public meeting to discuss management of Florida black bears and how people can get involved from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29 at Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach.

Wednesday Night Concert Series: The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin hosts a free concert with Scott Rockwood from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Events Plaza. Call 267-8186.

Americana Under The Stars: Lauren Heitz performs in a family/pet friendly concert series, Americana Under the Stars, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 in the amphitheater at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. Open mic begins at 6 p.m. Bring a chair and beverage. Free admission into park and a suggested donation of $5 goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill.

Baytowne on Ice: The seasonal ice skating rink at The Village of Baytowne Wharf opens from 3-10 p.m. Nov. 1 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 2. Skate for an hour and a half for $11 with skate rental $2. Other packages available. The first hour of each day is reserved for “kids skate,” youth 12 and under.

Pyramid Players: The Pyramid Players will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 to present the original musical adventure Beyond the Mist at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd. The doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction and an exhibit of art, archival prints, gifts and handcrafted jewelry. Tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, call 862-7139 or email jblood@pyramidinc.org.

Dog’s Night Out: A fundraising benefit for Destin Dog Park’s Lights at Night, Dog’s Night Out will be held from 4-8 p.m. Nov. 2 at Fishheads, 98B Harbor Blvd. in Destin. Music begins at 7 p.m. and family portraits available with a portion of proceeds going to the Dog Park.